Aarushi’s killer parents get life term

Additional Sessions Judge Shyam Lal rejected the CBI plea seeking death sentence for Talwars. The CBI had argued the killing was a case of cold-blooded murder and that it fell under the rarest of rare category. Talwar’s counsel contested the argument and sought leniency for Talwars, saying evidence against his clients were weak.

The court also sentenced the Talwar couple for five years for destruction of evidence and Rajesh another one year for filing wrong FIR with the police. All the sentences will run concurrently. ‘Keeping in view the entire facts and circumstances, I am of the view that both the accused are not menace to the orderly society. This is not a fit case for inflicting death penalty under section 302 read with section 34 IPC,’ said the court.

The court had on Monday convicted the couple under section 302 (murder) of Indian Penal Code (IPC), 201 (destruction of evidence) of IPC and 34 (common intention to commit crime). Rajesh was also convicted separately for furnishing false information to the police regarding the murder of his daughter by Hemraj (section 203).

‘Now is the time to say omega in this case. To perorate, it is proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused are the perpetrators of the crime in question. The parents are the best protectors of their own children - that is the order of human nature but there have been freaks in the history of mankind when the father and mother became the killer of their own progeny. They have extirpated their own daughter who had hardly seen 14 summers of her life and the servant without compunction from terrestrial terrain in breach of Commandment ‘Thou shall not kill’ and injunction of holy Quran- ‘Take not life, which God has made sacred’. They are also found guilty of secreting and obliterating the evidence of the commission of the murders to screen themselves from legal punishment. In addition to that Dr Rajesh Talwar is also found guilty of furnishing false information to the police regarding the murder of his daughter by Hemraj,’ the court said.

The CBI had based the case of Aarushi, a class nine student in a prestigious school who was found killed days before her birthday, and Hemraj in the court on circumstantial evidence, saying that it pointed fingers at Talwars. It had said that Talwars had killed their daughter and domestic servant after finding them in an objectionable position. The Talwars denied this and argued that the CBI had reached at its conclusion based on presumptions, conjectures and surmises.

The case, which had grabbed media headlines, saw many twists and turns in the last five and half years.

The case was initially investigated by the Noida police but was later transferred to the CBI by the then UP chief minister Mayawati after the state police got flak from all quarters for the way it handled the matter in public domain. The CBI initially debunked the Noida police line but finally came to back it.
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